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Our job creation and community outreach programs in Zimbabwe
We chose Zimbabwe as our flagship cultivation location for many reasons, one of them being that our CEO, Jon-Paul Doran was born there and has a close connection to the country as well as an opportunity to give back to their economy.
Our aim is to produce a highly effective medicinal cannabis product for patients globally, we are providing jobs to locals and have already undertaken welfare activities to help provide for the underprivileged.
Children in Zimbabwe
In 2015:
  • 61 million children of primary school age (about 6 to 11 years)
  • 62 million young adolescents of lower secondary school age (about 12 to 14 years)
  • 141 million youth of upper secondary school age (about 15 to 17 years) Were out of school. [1]
Zimbabwe continues to face serious economic challenges with significant implications for the education system. We want to be a part of making that change.
The coronavirus impact
Despite being mildly affected compared to other countries, Zimbabwe still experienced a lockdown period and some of those restrictions are still in place. This caused the country, much like many others to see heavy disruption to resources and infrastructure, particularly affecting education.
We have recently spoken to our Zimbabwean community outreach manager to find out the effects the pandemic has had, as well as other statistics surrounding the economy.
  • Children out of school has risen to around 80%
  • Many children were not able to access the homeschooling platforms due to the lack of essential items available such as laptops/ iPad’s
  • Parents are reluctant to pay school fees for essential equipment and have to make a choice between feeding the household for a month or sending their children to school – a sacrifice no parent should have to make
  • People are lacking basic skills due to the education issue
What we have done so far!
Since launching back in March 2018, we have gifted 300 children (ages 1-15) with Christmas presents, Easter eggs, clothing, school equipment and hot meals. It was tremendously rewarding to gift these items and food, things that most children living in first world countries would take for granted.
Job creation

The unemployment Rate in Zimbabwe is expected to reach 5.60 percent by the end of 2020. [2]

At full operations we expect to create over 300 local jobs in Zimbabwe alone. A balanced gender representation and a certain portion supporting the youth – which is a good contribution to the welfare of the families of our staff, all in parallel with initiating projects which will help to reinvigorate the Zimbabwean economy. Our contribution to social security and taxes we hope will go toward building schools, hospitals and housing for the underprivileged community.

To find out more about our social responsibility promise, please visit:
https://www.eco-equity.com/ethical-investment-our-commitment-to-social-responsibility/

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